Because of the massive demolition exercise in Owerri municipality, the chairman Senate committee on ethics and privileges, Senator Sam Anyanwu has condemned the government.
In a press statement signed by Kelechi Eke, media aide to Senator Anyanwu, he condemned the act of demolitions of citizens properties. He also advised that government should consider people’s feelings and be friendly in its policies.
Read his statement:
“My attention has been drawn to the unfortunate incidents that are happening in Imo state, especially in Owerri senatorial zone where I ably represent.
“This reaction is borne out of many factors that include, the need to intervene on behalf of my violated and bruised constituents, the many petitions, protests and calls that have inundated my office as the representative of Owerri zone, a clear statement of my disapproval and discontentment to the unjustifiable demolitions of citizens properties and other sundry state decisions especially as they run foul of globally acceptable standards.
“There is no doubt that the economy of the country is “technically in recession” according to the most recent reports of the managers of the nation’s economy. It is therefore expected that governments at all levels should be human and citizen- friendly in its policies.
“Governments are for the welfare and well being of the people and anything less can be anti people, and could descend to the hobbian idea of life being brutish and short.
“The latest is the spate of demolitions of peoples properties, sack of traditional rulers and threats to relocate the agelong Ekeukwu Owerri market, Orji and Nekede mechanic villages without adequate palliates. This is absolutely ludicrous.
“I must take for granted the fact that urban renewal is a welcomed development as it enhances development, it is also true that such policies are expected to go with commensurate compensation plan and adequate prior notice.
“This is especially as most of the buildings demolished got approvals from the same state government agencies like the OCDA. “It is fantastically unbelievable that the same state government is also demolishing structures it erected not up to three years ago.
“This is a huge waste of public fund in a state where workers and pensioners are owed months of salary arrears, and are also forced to accept seventy percent of their entitlements any time the government decides to pay.”